Camella’s Story

Camella, age 11, is a shining star.

Last year, she won Student of the Year at Bossier Elementary. “I had to write an essay. Our principal picked the top 3 essays and she chose mine as the best one,” Camella said with a big smile.

She began attending our Bossier LightHouse, after-school and summer program, in the 3rd grade.

Her older brother, Jamarian, started the program first and would come home to share stories.

“When my brother told me about it, I told my mom I wanted to come,” Camella added. “I didn’t want to be stuck at home!”

At the LightHouse, academics come first. Staff and tutors are ready to assist students with homework each day, yet there is always time to relax and play.

“We have free time. We write in our journals and go   outside to play together. I like it when we partner       together to do activities.”

Camella is very grateful for this program.

“Thank you for supporting the LightHouse, because we really enjoy it!”

Today, she is prepared and excited to be in the 6th grade at Greenacres Middle School. And she is already looking forward to her future.

“When I grow up, I want to go to Dillard University and be a lawyer.”

The LightHouse is funded in part by grants from The Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the United Way Fund of the Community Foundation.


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